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About The Center at Heron Hill
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About The Center at Heron Hill

The Center at Heron Hill BannerThe Center at Heron Hill is a 60 acre farm co-owned by Joyce Korschgen and Robinn Rudd. The property is located within the Oregon woodlands of Canby, and is home to many therapeutic farm animals including: horses, miniature horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, and barn cats.

The Center at Heron Hill offers many nature-based spaces including: hiking trails, fire pits, an archery range, giant tee-pee, creek side settings and a community garden. Activities may include: archery, movement, gardening, interacting with animals, outdoor life skills, nature journaling, art activities, and music. We also have a Children’s Center and indoor offices.

Currently, the Center at Heron Hill houses 2 separate programs: Alliance Counseling Center (a clinic based mental health program) and Journey Wellness (a non-clinic based wellness program).

Mission Statement

The Center at Heron Hill believes strongly in the power of connection with nature for restoring wellness. We have the ability to utilize the skills and expertise of our staff to design and implement mindful activities and therapeutic approaches that encourage self-exploration and the crafting of new personal narratives rooted in metaphors derived from contact with nature.


The land that is now the Center at Heron Hill was originally purchased in 2006 with the intention to become an Arabian horse breeding barn. Joyce and Robinn changed this plan after learning about the breeding and training process of Arabians. Instead, Joyce and Robinn decided to combine their collective professional knowledge and transition The Center at Heron Hill into a place of therapy and wellness. Initially, The Center at Heron Hill worked with the Chemawa Indian High School in Salem. The Chemawa Program coordinated therapy at The Center at Heron Hill with a wrap around school based education program.

Meet the Staff!

Joyce Korschgen, LPC, EAGALA

Joyce KorschgenJoyce Korschgen, LPC is the Executive Director of Alliance Counseling Center and is the co-owner of The Center at Heron Hill. She retired from a 30 year history in private practice and is now the Clinical Director and Supervisor for the staff at Alliance. Joyce is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is EAGALA Certified. READ MORE.

Robinn Rudd

Robinn Rudd, thmbRobinn Rudd co-owns The Center at Heron Hill with Joyce Korschgen. Robinn has a long history as a Commercial Property Manager and is the CEO of ESP Property Factors, Inc. Her role as a property manager has benefited Alliance/Heron Hill greatly. She serves now as the Facilities Manager for the entire program. READ MORE.

Thomas Doherty, PsyD

Thomas DohertyThomas Doherty, PsyD is a psychologist in Portland, Oregon who specializes in nature-based counseling approaches and the psychological aspects environmental issues. He is active in research and education in wilderness therapy and brings over 20 years of experience providing therapy, education, and personal growth in settings ranging from primitive skills expeditions to inpatient hospital units. READ MORE.

Allyson Munson, FNP

Allyson MunsonAllyson Munson is a Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Family Medicine. Allyson ‘s undergraduate training was at University of Portland where she earned her BSN. She worked for many years as a medical/surgical nurse before her graduate training in Family Practice at Washington State University. READ MORE.

Jessica Budeau, QMHA

Jessica BudeauJessica Budeau is the Clinic Manager at Alliance Counseling Center and specializes in wearing “”many hats”” that helps to support daily operations of the business, direct client care and coordination needs, as well as the logistics of a wonderful, growing program and its staff.

Jessica holds a degree in Social Work and has been trained in Level I Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). In addition to this, she is also a level I archery instructor through USA Archery as well as a level II Holy Fire Reiki practitioner. Jessica holds extensive experience in program development, case management, health and community resource navigation. READ MORE.

Ron Tatum, PH.D., EAGALA

Ron TatumRonald Tatum is an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist with many years experience as a horseshoer. Additionally, he is a licensed minister and a college professor. READ MORE.

Katharine Yeaton, CADC1, CRM, EAGALA

Katherine YeatonKatharine Yeaton is an Equine Specialist, a Peer Support Mentor, and a Skills Trainer. Katharine specializes in Addiction and Dual Diagnosis. When not in the arena working with horse therapy, Katharine works with clients who are experiencing addiction issues. Katharine uses Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Processing (CBT) in her work with individuals. Katharine is educated and familiar with the PTSD environment surrounding Women Veterans. Katharine has her A.A.S.; with her emphasis in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, as well as her Peer Mentor Certificate and her Traditional Healthcare Worker certification from the state of Oregon. She has been a part of the Heron Hill family since 2015. READ MORE.

Kathryn Kilroy, M.A.

Katherine YeatonKathryn Kilroy is a graduate of The University of Oregon where she received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology with an emphasis on child development and went on to gain her Masters from George Fox University in Elementary education. Kathryn is an avid equestrian who has long help a passion working with horses and people in need, she grew up riding and competing in dressage until she discovered eventing where she is able to combine her love of dressage with jumping. READ MORE.

Ivy Katz, LPC, E-RYT

Ivy KatzIvy Katz is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon. Ivy works with adolescents and adults with a variety of complex presenting issues. (e.g trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self worth, body image issues). She works with individuals, as well as couples and families. Ivy completed a year long internship and several professional trainings from M.E.T.A (mindful experiential therapy approaches), and often works with people from a somatic, mindfulness based and experiential approach. Ivy also has a certificate in Ecopsychology from Lewis & Clark college. READ MORE.

Beth Kuchenreuther, LPC-Intern, EAGALA

Beth KuchenreutherBeth is a Center at Heron Hill Staff Therapist and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and QMHP. Beth primarily practices in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and specializations include challenges with stress/anxiety, ADHD/autism, and working with children and teens with trauma. Beth works with children, teens and families and has been certified as an EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) trained specialist since 2007, and holds both Mental Health and Equine Specialist certifications. Her love for people and horses combine allowing for a healing and effective path forward. READ MORE.

Crisse Milner, LPC

Crisse MilnerCrisse Milner is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon. Crisse specializes in working with young children and their families utilizing a trauma informed and family systems perspective. In addition, Crisse has focused her attentions of supporting women dealing with anxiety and depression related to life transitions and family circumstances. Crisse is certified in Circle of Security-P as well as Child/Parent Psychotherapy. READ MORE.

Alice Nelson, MS, LMFT

Alice Nelson bio 2Alice Nelson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Oregon. Alice specializes in a variety of complex topics (e.g. trauma, anxiety, depression, relational issues) working with individuals, couples, and families. Alice enjoys creatively incorporating mental health work within the nature based setting. Alice primarily works with ages 8 and up. Alice is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), in Tier 1 of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), and as an ACORN effective therapist based on analysis of therapy outcome data. READ MORE.

Justin Panneck, M.Ed., PH.D., LPC-Intern

Justin Panneck thmbJustin Panneck is an Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)-intern. Justin typically specializes in crisis and trauma, spiritual crisis, anxiety, substance abuse/addiction, parenting practices, family issues, self-esteem, career counseling, men’s issues, and rites of passage. Justin primarily works with ages 6 and up. Justin holds a PhD in health psychology with a focus on effective coping mechanisms for daily and life stressors as well as alternative healing modalities. He will also receive a Master’s in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling with a focus on trauma response and addiction by the summer of 2018 and continue to pursue licensure. READ MORE.

Emily Sanborn, LPC

Emily SanbornEmily Sanborn is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed School Counselor in the state of Oregon. She is dedicated to providing a compassionate and collaborative therapeutic experience for children and families, teens, and adults as they navigate life’s stages and struggles. READ MORE.

Joshua Talbert, LPC

Joshua TalbertJoshua Talbert is a Nature-Based Therapist. Joshua typically specializes in trauma-focused, body-oriented counseling. Joshua sees adults, teens, and children as young as 10 years old. Joshua is Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oregon. READ MORE.

Hava Dennenberg, QMHP

Hava DennenbergHava Dennenberg has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and comes to Heron Hill with over 15 years of social work experience spanning the country, from New York City and San Francisco to rural and urban parts of Oregon. Hava has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a certificate in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute. READ MORE.

Kristen Tryniszewski, LPC-Intern

Kristen TryniszeskiKristen Tryniszewski is a Nationally Certified Counselor, QMHP, and currently working towards licensure as a LPC. She believes in holistic healing and incorporates creative methods into her practice such as yoga, art, gardening, mindfulness, music, animals, and nature-based concepts. READ MORE.

Marie McMahon, LPC-Intern, EAGALA

Marie McMahonMarie McMahon is a Registered LPC Intern with the State of Oregon and holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Portland State University. She is EAGALA certified and has a primary focus on providing equine-facilitated psychotherapy for individuals and families. She also has a specific interest in trauma recovery and completed the Trauma-Informed Care Certification program at Portland State University. READ MORE.

Natalie Van Dreal, MS, QMHA

Natalie Van DrealNatalie has a very diverse educational background, with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology, a master’s degree in Sustainable Design and certificates in carpentry, natural building, permaculture, trauma-informed yoga teaching, sexual assault prevention and teaching English as a second language. READ MORE.